Toccoa Extends Moratorium on Internet Sweepstakes Cafes

Toccoa City Commissioners sign off on extending a moratorium on Internet Sweepstakes Cafes within the city.

Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved an extension of the Internet Sweepstakes Cafes Moratorium Ordinance for another year.

City commissioners approved the initial moratorium back in August 2011.

Officials say the moratorium puts a hold on such establishments until state legislation is passed to contend with them.

The Georgia General Assembly has discussed the matter, but has not yet passed a bill.

According to the Georgia Municipal Association, which provided the model moratorium ordinance to the city originally, Internet Sweepstakes Cafes offer promotions or sweepstakes for the purchase of a service, often Internet time or phone cards.

The GMA said that these establishments are operating as a gambling business through a loophole in state law.